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It is difficult to know where to start about the betting at Chipley Park where the car parks were overflowing.  It would have made interesting viewing for customers watching the live streaming. When I saw the 13 bookies lined up, I thought it could be unlucky for some. It was.

The single bet of one punter (not me) of £1,100 to win £1,000 on first race favourite Where’s Wilma (returned 4-7) went down the pan as the mare failed to run up to her form and could only finish fourth behind ex-chaser Steel Express (16-1), who was returning from a 691 days break This 10-year-old had not visited the winner’s enclosure for five years, but Martin McIntyre shrewdly dictated the pace to score a shade cleverly. Jabbea (8’s to 6’s) ran well to finish second with Grey Getaway (14-1) a respectable third.

That was just the hors d’oeuvres. The Mares Open Maiden at Chipley produced one of the biggest gambles I have seen on a point-to-point track for over 30 years.

 I wrote in the book, “Axe Vale Point-to-Point” by Jacquie McCullough about a successful betting coup at the mid week Axe Vale fixture in 1989. The horse in question was trained in Wales and went by the name of Katesville on the race card. “Bookmakers were said to have been stung for over £25,000”. I remember that day well- and so do some Devon & Cornwall  bookmakers still trading today.

On Sunday a good looking six-year-old mare called Highland Glory, qualified with the Llangeinor Pentyrch, was the subject of several lively wagers. 12-1 was noted early and she was backed down through all rates to evens, some books showing 8-11. My own interest (not monetary) was attracted by one or two thoughts. Her dam called Highland Retreat was successful for my good friend the late Richard Barber, and was also the first ever winner saddled by Harry Fry in 2012. I was also surprised to see Highland Glory run in some well known colours on Sunday which were not on the race card.  The mare possessed very modest form, ie two pulled ups and tenth of eleven in her three runs. After these modest efforts she was bought for only £2,000 at Goffs last month.

I am indebted to my colleagues Simon Nott and Nick Taylor for collating some of the bets struck about Highland Glory. One book showed bets of £500 – 40 each way; £540-60 e w; £525-50e w; £525-150;  £300  – 150 and £200=100. Another well known layer showed £520-65 each way and £500-100 before scrubbing the board. There were other bets of course. One senior bookie said, “liabilities were standing for more than they have done for many, many years, but business was good so no complaints”.

Well, definitely no complaints from the bookies when Will Biddick produced a peach of a ride on Southfield Megan (7-1) to ease past Highland Glory on the run in. Third placed Polly Sans (8-1) is worthy of a note book entry but another Welsh horse Boss Baby (5-4 to 11-8) who was found wanting yet again.

Feu Des Malberaux (11-2 from 8’s) produced a career best in first time blinkers to win the Maiden under a positive Darren Edwards ride. Placed horses Ask Alfie (3’s to 11-4) and Arv Way There (5-1) showed ability, but Red Cap (5-2 to 9-4 fav) was never jumping or travelling.

Bradley Gibbs is enjoying a great season and a short priced double with Highway Jewel (4-7 to 1-2) and Honey I’m Good (4-7 to 4-6 ) put him on to the 13 winner mark for the season in the saddle, just two behind Will Biddick. Highway Jewel jumped well to beat Singapore Saga (4-1) and Al Shahir (5-2) and is likely to head to the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase in March (or whatever the authorities choose to dumb down the title to this year). It will always be the Foxhunter to me.

I was impressed by the performance of Honey I’m Good in the Restricted. She is potential hunter chase material.

The Exeter racecourse Intermediate qualifier provided a memorable head to head between Biddick on The Big Sting (evens to 4-5) and Gina Andrews on Indirocco (100-30).  Will Biddick brought The Big Sting to challenge Gina’s mount approaching the third last and they slugged it out up the climb until Indirocco asserted before the last. Dr Rhythm (7’s to 6’s) ran well on his seasonal debut and can be noted on better ground. Port O’Clock (4-1) started very slowly and was always on the back foot.

Killaro Boy (2-1 fav) headed the market for the 14-runner lucky last on the strength of his good Barbury run, but found one too good again as the ex-Christian Williams inmate Cage of Fear (7-1) showed too much foot for him under Ellie Jefferson.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(official photographer for the fixture)

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“And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.”

From the poem Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas, (1914 – 1953), whose equine namesake sired convincing second race winner Southfield Megan.

The Tiverton Foxhounds featured a riding and training double for Bradley Gibbs, hot on the heels of Will Biddick for this season’s National jockeys’ title, and a head to head duel between Biddick and leading lady rider Gina Andrews in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate qualifier.
A very large crowd at Chipley Park brought the overflow car park into use. This popular venue normally offers competitive racing and Sunday’s seven race card proved a treat for spectators.

Gibbs made all the running on the classy Highway Jewel to beat her two opponents Singapore Saga and Al Shahir in the £1,000 INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open Qualifier. A winner of a Cheltenham hunter chase last season, this high class mare will be heading to the Cheltenham festival in March for the prestigious prize formerly known as the Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase, and could also take in the final of the INEOS series at Cheltenham in May. The trainer/ rider said, “I hope that Highway Jewel will be our number one for the Foxhunters, fingers crossed, and Premier Magic will be our back up. She (Highway Jewel) missed a month’s work with a sarcoid earlier in the season. We went a sensible pace today and she was popping away. I was delighted,”

INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open winner, Highway Jewel
INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open winner, Highway Jewel, at Chipley Park on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Gibbs moved his training operation from South Wales to Hatfield, Hertfordshire, in 2020 working with his fiancée Claire Sheriff. The combination secured their Chipley double as the promising six-year-old mare Honey I’m Good lived up to her name with an easy victory in the Agrii and Mole Valley Farmers sponsored Restricted. “She came from Ireland sourced from Jimmy Kelly after showing promise in point to points. She now runs for a syndicate of ten and the long term aim is a Mares hunter chase at Cheltenham later this season,” reported Claire.
Will Biddick is riding as well as ever this season after breaking an ankle last May. He retained his lead for this year’s title by landing his 15th winner of the season with a typical waiting ride on Southfield Megan in the Jockey Club and Clarke Willmott Solicitors Mares and Fillies event. Biddick has had this Dylan Thomas six-year-old in his own yard since December after her spell under rules. She runs in the familiar colours of Angela Yeoman and thwarted a substantial gamble on the runner up Highland Glory.

The seven times champion jockey had to give best however to Gina Andrews as the promising Tom Ellis trained Warwickshire mare Indirocco held the efforts of odds-on favourite The Big Sting in the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate. Eight time National champion, Gina. who recently broke Polly Gundry’s all time record of 303 career winners for lady pointing riders, is already in pole position for another title. “Indirocco is a strong stayer and I was eager to set up a soft lead. We got into a lovely rhythm and he jumped super,” said Gina who was having her first ride at Chipley.

First time blinkers helped Feu Des Malberaux land the Mountpleasant Inn and friends of the late Geoff White Open Maiden in the hands of Darren Edwards. The seven-year-old, who jumped soundly out in front all the way, was a first training success for Paul Nicholas, one of two pointers he has at Combe Martin, North Devon. Paul shares ownership with his wife Lesley and blacksmith Keith Parkin and remarked, “I bought him as a three-year-old in Ireland as I particularly like his sire Linda’s Lad”

There was a customary Welsh success at Chipley in the shape of Cage of Fear, who gave his trainer Ellie Jefferson her third winner in the saddle in the Tozers Solicitors and McVeigh Parker PPORA Novice Riders’ event. Cage of Fear pounced on the leaders three out and stayed on strongly on the long pull to the finish.

16-1 outsider Steel Express shocked punters by beating his five higher rated opponents in the Stoneman Engineering, John Pearce& Brian Summers Hunt race. Mike Vanstone trains the winner at Rackenford for owners Nigel MacKenzie, Richard Dening and Sue Quick. Martin McIntyre rode a canny race on the winner who was scoring for the first time since his Exeter bumper success just over six years ago. Some lively activity in the ring included a four figure bet on Where’s Wilma, but the cash stayed in the bookies satchel as the prolific mare could only finish fourth.

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(Official photographer for the fixture)


Going good to soft


1 Steel Express (Martin McIntyre) 16-1 led 12th, slight lead two out, kept on well

2 Jabbea (Rob Hawker) 6-1 held up, effort three out, strong chall flat, just held

3 Grey Getaway (Beau Morgan) 14-1 led til 12th, rallied three out, wknd last

6 ran; 1 1/4l  6l;  6m 38s


1 Southfield Megan (Will Biddick) 7-1 held up, prog three out, strong run to lead flat

2 Highland Glory (Toby Wynne) evens fav  led 12th, went clear three out, headed flat

3 Polly Sans (Darren Andrews) 8-1  prom, every chance two out, no extra flat

9 ran; 2l; 1 1/2l;  6m38s


1 Feu Des Malberaux (Darren Edwards) 11-2 made all, clear three out, stayed on well

2 Ask Alfie (Will Biddick) 11-4 prog to chase ldrs three out, went 2nd next, kept on, promising

3 Arv Way There (Heidi Stevens) 5-1 prom, ridden three out, grad wknd, promising

11 ran; 10l; 7l;  6m 44s


1 Highway Jewel (Bradley Gibbs) 1-2 fav made all, clear three out, comf, impressive

2 Singapore Saga (Darren Andrews) 4-1 in touch, effort four out, kept on without trblg winner

3 Al Shahir (Gina Andrews) 5-2 mstk 4th, chased ldrs, no extra from two out

3 ran; 7l; 3/4l;  6m 29s


1 Indirocco (Gina Andrews) 100-30 made all,hard pressed three out til asserted last, drew clr flat

2 The Big Sting (Will Biddick) 4-5 fav handy, strong chall three out til no extra apprg last

3 Dr Rhythm (Martin McIntyre) 6-1 hdwy 12th, lost place 15th, stayed on from three out

8 ran; 4 1/2l;  4 1/2l;  6m 42s


1 Honey I’m Good (Bradley Gibbs) 4-6 fav led 15th, drew clr three out, easily

2 Transition Period (Darren Edwards) 5-2 prom, effort 15th, outpaced from next

3 Nobodydoesitbetter (Martin McIntyre) 4-1 led 8th til 15th, wknd three out

7 ran; 12l;  1l;  6m 41s


1 Cage of Fear (Ellie Jefferson) 7-1 prog 15th, led next, ran on well

2 Killaro Boy (Lewis Saunders)   2-1 fav led 10th & 14th, pushed clr 15th, headed & no extra three out

3 Broadclyst (Anna Johnston) 5-2 chased ldrs 15th, one pace three out, finished 16l  fourth, promoted to 3rd

14 ran; Original distances 5l; 10l;  6m 40s  ; Ballyhowne finished 3rd but disqualified, did not weigh in

Granville Taylor
Granville Taylor

Devon & Cornwall Point-To-Point Press Officer and PtPRC Race Reader

Photo Credit: Cat Down Photography
(Official Photographer for the fixture)

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Preview: Tiverton Point-to-Point at Chipley Park on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Westcountry Pointing heads to Chipley Park, where the Tiverton Foxhounds host their event this coming Sunday 23rd January. The action will come thick and fast, attracting top entries from around the country.

The feature race of the day is the INEOS Grenadier Mixed Open race. With a prize fund of £1000, £600 of which will go to the winner, this race promises to be a thriller, with entries from top horses Highway Jewel a Hunter Chase winner at Cheltenham last April for the Bradley Gibbs team, Virak a winner of over £200k under rules and now a winning schoolmaster for Olive Nicholls, Fifty Shades a treble winner between the flags last season for the Nick Williams team, and Singapore Saga (John Heard) another who has won this season when staying on dourly to win at Wadebridge. They could be taken on by a new popular syndicate owned horse, Board of Trade (Ed Walker), with many owners looking forward to this horses future racing in the area.

A total of 92 entries have been received for the seven race card, which starts at 12 Noon. The Stoneman Engineering-sponsored Members race opens the day, and of those entered, Jeremy Central stands out for trainer/owner Tom Malone, having won last weekend at Buckfastleigh, and could score again if recovering from the tiring conditions there. The highly rated mare River Myth, for the Stuart Sampson team, has the benefit of a mares weight allowance, which could prove crucial up the long homeward hill. Where’s Wilma could defy her top weight and give local trainer Michael Watson a hat-trick of wins this season, with the mare already winning at Badbury and Barbury Castle under jockey Matt Hampton .

The Jockey Club and Clarke Willmott-sponsored Mares and Fillies Maiden race could be a steal for outside raider Boss Baby (David Gibbs), having enjoyed some decent place form in Ireland before heading over and finishing a length second at Holnicote last season. They could come up against entry Ask The Lady, for the inform Dean Summersby/ Darren Edwards combination, if progressing from her run at Wadebridge, when finishing fifth.

In the Mount Pleasant Inn & friends of the late Geoff White-sponsored Open Maiden race, which holds 17 entries, Arv Way There (Hugh Tomas), Ask Alfie (Les Jefford) and Red Cap ( Robert Chanin) are all suggestions who, at a glance, look to be progressive on their place form this season.

Whilst in the Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race, Port O’Clock’s connections will be looking for him to follow-up on his Wadebridge win last month for team Summersby. Foot Loose (Aaron Butterfield) a winner at two of the Larkhill meetings this season, had to settle for a one-length second at the first Larkhill November meeting behind The Big Sting, who is also entered here for trainer Chris Barber, with Foot Loose’s connections possibly turning up looking to reverse the placings here. Another exciting entry is Indirocco for trainer Tom Ellis and leading lady rider Gina Andrews , who could steal this if making the trip down.

Bloodstock agent Tom Malone’s entry Jeremy Central under jockey Will Biddick, could be switched to race in the Agrii & Mole Valley Farmers-sponsored Restricted. Will is also booked to ride Benny’s Miracle (Teresa Clark) another with a mares weight allowance. They could be taken on by Honey I’m Good (Bradley Gibbs) looking to follow-up on their 10-length win at Barbury. Also recent Wadebridge Maiden winner, Transition Period, another looking progressive for the Dean Summersby/Darren Edwards combination.

Finally up is the Members Conditions race for Novice riders, and if Virak (Sam Loxton) is saved for this race, then he could give promising young jockey Olive Nicholls her second win on him in a month. Broadclyst (Les Jefford) won at Wadebridge under jockey Anna Johnston, and should be fit, whilst Killaro Boy is another having run well recently when finishing three-lengths second at Barbury for the William Pugh team.

The racecourse organisers would also like to mention sponsors GTH– sponsors of Momento’s. Tom Malone Bloodstock– sponsor of Jockeys prizes, Old Mill Accountants for Best Turned Out and Pennymoor Timber, Mr John Dorse & Mr & Mrs A Brooks – sponsors of Doctors & Paramedics who are among those who have made this meeting possible.

This course offers a must have day out in the country for all the family with a perfect viewing location. Bar, hot and cold food, bookies and country trade-stands are all on offer. Entrance is £15 per person, cash on gate which includes a race card. Children under 16 free and dogs on leads welcome.

Online streaming is available via eventbrite at pointingdc/live streaming. Book maker Dave Phillips will take bets over the phone via ringing 07810775119. Course is located at Milverton TA21 0QY.

Donna Harris
Donna Harris

Best selling Children’s Author Interested in journalism, novel writing. Currently PRO Devon & Cornwall Point to Point.

Photo credit: Megan Cobley Photography


To whet the appetite for the rapidly approaching newpoint-to-point season, I am pleased to add anotherreminiscence from the Devon & Cornwall area to the collection I wrote during the first COVID lockdown .

The original set of reminiscences was designed as aseries solely in lieu of local meetings lost in the midst of website COVID restrictions from March until June 2020, hence a number of hunts were not covered. One of those not covered was the Tiverton Foxhounds, which has now found a regular home at Chipley Park. It was not always so, since the meeting has had several venues over the years.

For those interested in the history of the Tiverton Foxhounds point-to-point, it stretches back well over a century. The early Foxhounds fixtures in the late 19th century were shared together with Sir John Amory’s Staghounds and Sir John Amory’s Harriers

Joint fixtures with the Staghounds continued until the first world war (1914) at such locations as Peadhill ,Tiverton and Holmead. No further fixtures were held after that war until 1921. 

The re-start on 9th April 1921 saw a combined meeting between the Tiverton Hunt and the Tiverton Staghounds at Peadhill.  This combination transferred their point-to-point to Pileywell, near Tiverton, in 1924 and continued at that venue until the last meeting before the second world war on 22ndApril 1939. The Devon Yeomanry joined the combined hunts meeting in 1935 and 1936. Roderick Heathcoat-Amory (Sir Ian’s son) rode his own horse Lightning to win the 1937 Members’ race at Pileywell    

The Tiverton Foxhounds held their first independent fixture on 12th April 1947 (after snow had covered the whole country that winter). Cullompton was the venue and remained so until it closed after the fixture held on 6th April 1957. I don’t have many facts about the course at Cullompton. 

They raced at at Shobrooke from 1958 until 1963. Shobrooke was a very stiff, undulating course with some drop fences and plough thrown in for good measure. It was right-handed with a long hard pull up to the finish .

No meetings were held after 1963 until 22nd April 1972, when Halberton Court became the new venueuntil it was closed in 1982. This is where I come in if you will forgive a few personal anecdotes because I was there on March 7th 1981 in a press capacity (my goodness was it really 40 years ago). I remember the day mostly because I had to be towed off the track in deep mud, very kindly by the point-to-point secretary .

I had to resort to the form book to recall that Robert Chanin rode the Hunt race winner on Trig Point, beating Grant Cann on the favourite Spider Legs.The evergreen gelding Devon Spirit and Keith Pookwon the Adjacent Hunts’, just one of that gallantgelding’s six victories that season at the age of 16.Wiener Chic and Sue Reynard beat Moonstep (Pip Fisher) and Gay Express (Biddy Peck) in the Ladies’,and Lucky Friday, won the Open under his owner/trainer Andrew Congdon from the Torrington Farmers’

I do remember that the going was really heavy that day and True Member with Kevin Bishop in the saddle beat a big field in the Restricted. Some well known local riders figured in the last which was the Adjacent Hunts Maiden (whatever happened to Adjacent Maidens?). Honey Jump relished the deep ground under Martyn Keenor to beat Fabulous Spirit (George Turner) and Sandsprite (Philip Scholfield) in a very slowly run race. 

Not quite the end of the day because there was still time for Grant Cann and Oliver Carter to inform “the press” – me- that Grant was about to announce hisretirement from the saddle (perhaps because he was beaten on the Hunt race jolly) . Fortunately I took their tale that day with a pinch of salt and ignored it. Grant’s eventual retirement was forced upon him four years later when a freak accident ended his excellent career with a total of 217 point-to-point winners behind him.

That turned out to be the last ever meeting at Halberton Court, and the point-to-point was abandoned the next season. In 1983 a new era began at Bishop’s Court, Ottery St Mary, where divisions of the Men’s Open, Ladies’ Open and Adjacent Maiden meant a nine-race card. Winning riders that day included Jimmy Frost on Flying Camel (“more camel than flying”, relates the form book), Polly Curling, Janine Mills, nee Evans, (riding one of my favourite horses of all time Silver Ransome), Stuart Kittow, Peter Hobbs and the aforementioned Grant Cann

The Tiverton said goodbye to Ottery after the 1987 season, moving to Stallenge Thorne near Milvertonfor a Wednesday afternoon  fixture the following year. What a shame these popular, well attended weekday point-to-point meetings do not figure in the modern fixture list. The Tiverton Foxhounds spent 12years at that excellent track on farmland hosted by Ken and Caroline Nicholas. Sadly Ken passed away recently.

I remember Stallenge Thorne as a demanding left handed track with good fences and reasonable viewing. One of the best pointers to win there would have been Earthmover who won the Ladies’ Open under Polly Curling prior to going on to two Cheltenham Foxhunter victories.

Modern day West country point-to-point followerswill be familiar with Chipley Park, near Wellington,and handy for the M5 ,which has hosted the fixture since 2000. Chipley is a right handed course with a steady incline to the finish up a dog leg home straight which favours staying types, and seems to attract big fields. Several Welsh trained and Midland based runners turn up every year and after race schooling seems to attract a cast of thousands. It is a very fair, good viewing course, but the bend at the bottom of the track can get boggy in wet weather. The 2021 meeting was lost to the COVID lockdown. 

The Chipley Park date for the diary this season is Sunday 23rd January 2022, meanwhile we look forward to welcoming back point-to-pointing at Ottery St Mary on Saturday 30th October with the East Devon meeting.



Hunter Chasers & Point-to-Pointers, Sale & MacKenzie ,various years

The Point-to-Point Calendar 1937-38, Arthur W Coaten

The Continuing Story of Point-to-Point Racing, Michael Williams

Mr Michael Kutapan – Point to Point History & Research( Jumping For Fun web site)

The Pointer (David Coulton)


Posted: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 Author: The PPA

This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.

This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.

The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact the PPA office:

01793 781990


I knew it was going to be a dodgy afternoon when the 13 bookies (lucky for some) lined up in the pouring rain virtually marooned by a sea of very sticky mud. This demanded that everybody wore footwear of the amphibious variety. This is point-to-pointing in January of course. Four races went to favourites, three of the odds-on variety.

In a disappointing Hunt race opener Jack Snipe (1-5) beat his sole opponent Jabbea (2-1) by 20 lengths. Chipley Park is a long course with an incline to climb three times, so in a mud fest times of seven minutes plus tells all

In contrast the Restricted produced a quality field of nine and a lively betting market. Sylvies Dance (2-1) looks a similar type of mare to her dam Kiama (multiple points winner). She also seems to have inherited Kiama’s tough attitude and answered Will Biddick’s every call to overcome the favourite, five-year-old Thechaseison (7-4). These two can be followed with confidence. Third placed Kilmoganny (20-1) ran really well for his novice jockey Jemma Sargent and held every chance until the third last. He finished just ahead of Where’s Wilma (12-1) who did his best work late on. There was some market support for Wadebridge winner Mustmeetforapint (3’s to 5-2) who could not get on terms from the final bend.

The early evens was quickly snapped up for Navanman in the Mixed Open. He settled at 4-6 and would have been a big price on the exchanges going into the final bend where he was in fifth place with plenty to do. Although he frightened my pocket, Jockey Darren Andrews refused to panic and brought the classy gelding with a storming run to hit the front before the last. The useful Welsh mare Frelia (5’s to 4’s), receiving 12lbs from the winner, was up and down the field a bit until making her effort three out. She will win again. Talk of the South (14-1) ran creditably here after a 20 months lay off.

Welsh hopes were sunk in the mud in the Intermediate as Rio Bravo (11-10 to 4-6) stopped to a walk in the home straight. This left a smile on the layers faces as 20-1 outside Emperor Renard stayed on well to beat Banco de Logos (4-1). Mariah McGuinness rode her first winner here on the Emperor and looked very competent on only her second ride..

Another young lady jockey triumphed in the Novice Riders contest as Ella Ortewell steered home Silsol (4-6 to 4-7). Keep it quiet, but this ex-Paul Nicholls inmate beat Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River once and had a BHA rating of 158. He should have been 10-1 on.

Having trained the last two winners, Will Biddick got back in his jockey kit to win the Mares Maiden on 7-2 chance Minella Beag. The Flemensfirth mare looked well for her seasonal debut from Ed Walker’s yard and is on the upgrade. Bradley Gibbs must have been fed up with his days work so far and suffered another reverse as the promising Boss Baby (3’s in a place to 2-1 fav) chased home the winner. I keep thinking that Cottage Rose (solid 4’s) will win her Maiden. She probably will when my back is turned.

The getting (towed) out stakes proved to justify my bet of the day as Martin (Fly) McIntyre rode ex-Irish five-year-old Le Tueur (9-4 to 2 -1 fav) to victory in the Open Maiden. I think that Le Tueur is French for the killer and he certainly killed off the opposition here. The runner up Kings Cave (12’s to 5’s) ran well after dumping his rider twice in the paddock.

So it was an up and down day The entertainment didn’t finish there though. I saw one tractor pulling another tractor pulling a horse box out of the swamp of a car park. Anyway, well done to the organisers at Chipley who got through all the adversities to keep the show on the road.

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“It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath”

The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616

No it didn’t Mr Shakespeare, it poured down: My boots are coated with mud and my coat is still wet…..

Will Biddick took the honours at Chipley Park near Wellington on Sunday.

The 33-year-old champion point-to-point jockey not only rode two winners, but also enjoyed three training successes from his nine-horse yard saying, “This is the first time I have managed to train three winners in one day.” Although the going gradually turned heavier, senior jockeys reported that the horses were “going through it,” which was more than can be said of spectators wallowing in the deep mud around the betting ring.

Promising young pointer Sylvies Dance started the ball rolling for the Biddick yard with a four lengths win over the favourite Thechaseison in the Tiverton Hotel and Mole Valley Farmers sponsored Restricted. “It was very hard work but she clearly stays,” remarked Biddick. The mare is owned by Len and Rose Vickery together with David Churches. Her dam Kiama was only small but won nine races, including a hunter chase at Exeter for the Vickerys.

Sylvies Dance was the first of the three winners sent out during the afternoon from Biddick’s training yard at Alhampton near Shepton Mallet. Emperor Renard (Exeter Racecourse Intermediate) and Silsol (Tozers Solicitors, Woofenden Construction, Arcken Plumbing Novice Riders) followed up with lady riders on board.

Emperor Renard provided a first win in the saddle on only her second race ride for Mariah McGuinness. The 22-year-old rider works in the yard, and was overjoyed at steering her 20-1 outsider home after a gruelling battle with Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) up the finishing climb. “Following Will’s advice, I tried to get as much daylight as possible and keep as much energy in the horse as possible,” said Mariah.

Silsol, formerly a useful performer under rules for Paul Nicholls, was a gift horse for Sophie and Alex Orttewell and gave their daughter Ella the third winner of her career when staying on dourly in the heavy ground to beat Master Dancer and All Kings. Having lost his prominent early place Silsol led from half way and won a protracted battle with Master Dancer, who started the race as grey and painted himself a muddy brown during the three miles trip. “ Will advised me to get a good start and my horse ran off with me down the hill second time,” confessed the 20-year-old winning rider who works full time in the Alhampton stable.

Biddick’s fruitful afternoon in the wet was rounded off as the Ed Walker trained Minella Beag prevailed in a slow motion finish to beat Welsh challenger Boss Baby (Bradley Gibbs) and Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) in the Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors Mares Maiden. The winner, owned by Wendy Jarrett, was given a vintage Biddick ride, making ground steadily to hit the front approaching the last, before holding the rallying Boss Baby on the run in. “That was a solid performance. She was not herself last year but Ed and Polly have always liked her.” said the rider.

Navanman maintained his unbeaten record for the season in the £1000 Mixed Open, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Simon Brooks-Ward. “He is so game,” exclaimed rider Darren Andrews, who followed trainer John Heard’s instructions to delay his effort until two out. The 26-year-old rider has made the most of his opportunities this year and kept cooler than Navanman’s backers as he entered the final bend only fifth. The game 11-year-old then stormed up the final hill to reel in Frelia and Talk of the South to win going away. “He will probably go to Wadebridge next,” reported the Okehampton based trainer

Martin McIntyre also conjured a strong late run out of Mountpleasant Inn and Geoff White’s friends sponsored Open Maiden winner Le Tueur. This strong ex-Irish gelding looks a useful chasing prospect. “I went to buy him at Ascot sales but he was too expensive so I formed a partnership with his owner Harley Dunne who sent him for me to train. He is on the market,” remarked trainer Christopher Barber, who is rapidly following in the footsteps of his late Grandfather Richard Barber in the training ranks.

Jack Snipe followed up last year’s Hunt Race (Pennymoor Timber, John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial) success in the hands of his trainer Rob Hawker, beating sole opponent Jabbea with the minimum of fuss.

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Going: Soft becoming Heavy

HUNT (Sponsor – Pennymoor Timber, John Pearcey & Brian Summers Memorial)

1 Jack Snipe (Rob Hawker) 1-5 fav made all, easily

2 Jabbea (Kieren Buckley) 2-1 chased wnr, wknd three out

2 ran; 20l; 7m 0s


RESTRICTED (Tiverton Hotel & Mole Valley Farmers)

1 Sylvies Dance (Will Biddick) 2-1 prog 13th, led three out, stayed on well

2 Thechaseison (Martin McIntyre) 7-4 fav led til headed three out, kept on

3 Kilmoganny (Jemma Sargent) 20-1 pressed ldr 10th, close 3rd

9 ran; 4l; one and three quarter lengths; 6m 50s


MIXED OPEN (Mr & Mrs Simon Brooks-Ward)

1 Navanman (Darren Andrews) 4-6 fav lost place 15th, strong run three out, led next, gamely

2 Frelia (Bradley Gibbs) 4-1 disputed lead three out, no extra under pressure next

3 Kerisper (Solomon Wood) 50-1 behind 15th, went 3rd two out

7 ran; 5l; 2 1/2l; 6m 54s


INTERMEDIATE (Exeter Racecourse)

1 Emperor Renard (Mariah McGuinness) 20-1 in touch, effort three out, led last, ran on well flat

2 Banco De Logos (Darren Edwards) 4-1 with leaders, led three out til headed apprg last

3 Rio Bravo (Bradley Gibbs) 4-6 fav led til three out, wknd quickly, v tired

7 ran; 3l; distance;


PPORA CLUB NOVICE RIDERS (Tozers Solicitors, Woofenden Construction & Arcken Plumbing)

1 Silsol (Ella Ortewell) 4-7 fav led after 8th, ran on strongly when pressed two out

2 Master Dancer (Fergus Gillard) 3-1 pressed ldr from 13th, every chance til no extra two out

3 All Kings (Hannah Morgan) 6-1 well in touch til wknd 13th

6 ran; 12l; distance; 6m 55s


OPEN MAIDEN MARES & FILLIES (Jockey Club & Clarke Willmott Solicitors)

1 Minella Beag (Will Biddick) 7-2 stdy hdwy 13th, led apprg last, held on well

2 Boss Baby (Bradley Gibbs) 2-1 fav led til headed apprg last, rallied flat

3 Cottage Rose (Fergus Gillard) 4-1 outpaced in 6th three out, stayed on nr finish

10 ran; 3/4l; 2 1/2l 7m 30s


OPEN MAIDEN (Mountpleasant Inn & Friends of the late Geoff White)

1 Le Tueur (Martin McIntyre) 2-1 fav alwys prom, rdn to lead three out, stayed on strongly

2 Kings Cave (Tom Doggrell) 5-1 improved 15th, every chance two out, no extra under pressure

3 Fitz Well (Zac Baker) 3-1 in touch til wknd three out

9 ran; 4l; 15l; 7m 1s


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Entries: Tiverton Point-To-Point, Chipley Park, Sunday 26th January 2020

Race Start time Link to entries and form for race
1st 12:00 Members Race
2nd 12:35 Restricted Race
3rd 13:10 Mixed Open Race
4th 13:45 Intermediate Race
5th 14:20 Novice Riders Race
6th 14:55 Mares Maiden Race
7th 15:30 Open Maiden Race

Going Update

17 January at 18:25

The going is soft, good to soft in places.

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Next weekend it’s the turn of the Tiverton Foxhounds meeting to take place at the popular track known as Chipley Park on Sunday 26th January. There are seven races on offer with a start time of 12 noon. 90 entries have been received.

The course offers fantastic parkland viewing with a long uphill finishing straight which always provides thrilling finishes. On course facilities are a number of hot and cold food stands, licensed beer tent, on course bookies and a number of trade stands. Entrance to the course is £10 per person to a max of £40 per car, with children under 16 free. Dogs on leads welcome. The course is located off B3187, 3m Wellington, 1m from Milverton. Postcode TA21 0QY.



f = fell u = unseated rider
p = pulled up k = knocked over
b = brought down c = carried out
d = disqualified ? = unreliable form
s = slipped up + = improving rating
r = refused blkd = baulked
ro = ran out t = took no part
© = course winner


NH = National Hunt
L = Length
Rest – Restricted
Nov = Novice
RT – Rating
PTP – Point to Point

An up to date form guide and synopsis of the horses entered at this meeting. Form figures for up to 6 outings appear. A dash(-) is used to separate 2019/20 form from 2018/19 form. Figures preceded by an oblique (/) represents 2017/18 form or earlier. Horses marked with an asterisk (*) indicates National Hunt form. The higher the rating the better the form. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors which may be considered to have occurred.

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List of Races Next Race

Race 1 – Members race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
pu335-65 ART OF SYNERGY (IRE) 35 Ed Walker
31/u2pu2- JABBEA (IRE) 40 Mary Sanderson
p/111p12- JACK SNIPE 43 Robert Hawker
532u3p-p ON YOUR MAX 36 Louise Kittow
*632465-3 UEUETEOTL (FR) 34? Heidi Stevens

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The day opens with the Hunt Members race in which entry Jack Snipe could continue the form for Frome based trainer/ jockey Rob Hawker, who also scored at last weekends Buckfastleigh meeting, having bounced back from an injury he sustained at his yard last season. Jack Snipe won under rules when in training with Jeremy Scott, having won at the Newton Abbot, Worcester and Taunton tracks. Art of Synergy could be the ones to chase them home, having had the benefit of two outings this season, the latest when running well to finish fifth at Larkhill.

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Race 2 – Restricted Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
252/p41f- COULD BE BETTER (IRE) 35 Stuart Sampson
u4/73214- DANCING DAVE (IRE) 34 Ed Walker
1pp5fp-8 GEORGES LEGACY 33? Joe Tickle
pp2/156-p GROVE CASTLE (IRE) 33 Ryan Potter
*/p32547- KILMOGANNY (IRE) NR Jemma Sargent
5/2522-21 MUSTMEETFORAPINT (IRE) 37+ Dean Summersby
22/3431- SCHIAP HILL 33 Hannah Clarke
31-f SYLVIES DANCE 36 Will Biddick
3p55-1 THECHASEISON 36+ Christopher Barber
/2243414- WHERE’S WILMA 35 Michael M. Watson

Preview extract

In the Restricted race Mustmeetforapint stands out for the formidable Dean Summersby team, being another shrewd buy out of Ireland having already pleased his owners with a win at Wadebridge under Darren Edwards. Will Biddick’s entry Sylvies Dance is 5lb better off in the weights, and won her maiden at Flete last season by an impressive 30 lengths. Thechaseison looks an interesting entry, out of Chris Barbers yard, should go well if following up on his eight length win at Larkhill earlier this month.

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Race 3 – Mixed Open Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*7285f-1 ART MAURESQUE (FR) 45 Thomas Malone
/145231-3 BALLYHOWNE (IRE) 40 Robert Chanin
23/p4p4-1 FRELIA (IRE) 42 David Gibbs
p/12121-2 GREEN WINTER 43 James Ridley
12/21321- HEANEY (IRE) 43
Claire Wonnacott
/23/41-222 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 43 Will Biddick
bu457p-7 KERISPER (FR) 24?
Alexander Gibbons
*/52584- MASTER DANCER NR Stuart Sampson
221112-11 NAVANMAN (IRE) 45 John Heard
5f3342p0- O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Rebecca Welch
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
*/05u40/- SILSOL (GER) NR Will Biddick
Gordon Chambers

Preview extract

The Mixed Open is the feature race of the day with a prize fund of £1000, with entry Art Mauresque a recent Cottenham winner, standing out for local bloodstock agent and trainer Tom Malone, with the yard bang in form at the moment. Art Mauresque has previous NH form which includes a win at Cheltenham in a Novice Chase in October 2015. They could be taken on by multiple Point winner Navanman for trainer John Heard, he has already clocked up two Open wins this season at the Wadebridge track and will need to defy top weight here. Green Winter for trainer James Ridley is another catching the eye after his one and-a-half length second to Shantou Flyer at Larkhill earlier this month.

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Race 4 – Intermediate Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
p223132-f AWESOME TUNES (IRE) 39 Carly Mather
25432113- BANCO DE LOGOS (FR) 37
Dean Summersby
3/3114-3f BUBBLE O’CLOCK (IRE) 37
Matthew Hampton
1/12/624-8 EMPEROR RENARD (IRE) 38 Will Biddick
/4f3212/-9 HIGH PRIORITY 38? Keith Cumings
/31p3213- KAIDEN MICHEAL (IRE) 37 Stuart Sampson
21ff-p341- KNOCKAN RUN (IRE) 36 Claire Hitch
ur/2421-u MISSYLADIE (FR) 37 Sam Holdsworth
9/22113u- PLATINUM BEN (IRE) 36 Reg Hopkins
526/2111- RIO BRAVO (IRE) 38 Bradley Gibbs

Preview extract

The Exeter Racecourse-sponsored Intermediate race holds interesting entries with Rio Brave( Bradley Gibbs) having won three on the bounce last season at Monmouth and the two Bovilston meetings. Awesome Tunes (Carly Mather) was consistent last season with decent place form and a win at Trebuddanon, along with Banco de Logos (Dean Summersby) also having been consistent with wins at Trebudannon and Upcott Cross.

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Race 5 – Novice Riders Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*u34u75- ALL KINGS (IRE) NR Bob Buckler
3474//u-f BENVOLIO (IRE) 32? Douglas Procter
p5242p-p BEUVRON (FR) 38? Sam Holdsworth
/11131-31 CHOSEN LUCKY (IRE) 42
Dean Summersby
/23/41-222 HELLO GEORGE (IRE) 43 Will Biddick
*/52584- MASTER DANCER NR Stuart Sampson
22332-pp2 MISTER DICK (FR) 38? Jason Warner
80/fpf023- MODEL CLOUD (IRE) 37? Reg Hopkins
5f3342p0- O MAONLAI (IRE) 36? Rebecca Welch
p1222121- RAMBLE ON (IRE) 42 Luke Price
/36p23/-u REPEAT BUSINESS (IRE) 41 Jonathen Tudor
*/05u40/- SILSOL (GER) NR Will Biddick
*7/50pp-u THE IBBSTER (IRE) NR
Alexandra Goodman
*632465-3 UEUETEOTL (FR) 34? Heidi Stevens

Preview extract

Chosen Lucky (Dean Summersby) is the pick of the entry in the PPORA Jockey Club Novice Riders race to follow up on his Wadebridge win, and could clock up a first win for young jockey Charlotte Summersby here. Both Ramble On’s (Luke Price) decent form last season, along with Hello George who is trained by Will Biddick for owner Nathan Vergne has runner up form on three occasion this season. The two are equally rated, and could join in the battle up the hill to the finish.

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Race 6 – Mares & Fillies Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
54432fp-7 ATTACOTTI (IRE) 32 Pauline Geering
*0-/r4f-f BET ON BETTY 25 Christine Gray
4p4- BOSS BAY (IRE) NR David Gibbs
46322-52 COTTAGE ROSE 32 John Heard
*665p4-p EDABEAN (IRE) 0 Byron Moorcroft
4p4p-5 FINAL STING (IRE) 4 Max Young
/3f/455- GLIMPSE OF GLADYS 24 Robert Pudd
-6 GRACEFUL ABBIE 12 Robert Jones
74p-p KATES LANE (IRE) 15 Tim Underwood
/pfuu-5 MAYBE FEESCARI 0 Ross Farr
53- MINELLA BEAG (IRE) 30+ Ed Walker
32-5 MINI LONG STOCKING 24 Joe Tickle
4354-47u MOUNTAIN LAS (IRE) 23? Sue Brown
2456-64 PRINCESS CAVE (IRE) 6 Gordon Edwards
/0/4642-p SUZIE STAPLES 20? Stuart Sampson
/p5p- TAKEABID (IRE) 16 Stuart Sampson

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The first Open Maiden is for mares and fillies in which Mini Longstocking (Jo Tickle) and Cottage Rose (John Heard) are just two to mention which look progressive, and Molly Martaline (Keith Cumings) could go well on racecourse debut.

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Race 7 – Open Maiden Race

Form Name Rating TRAINERS
*u34u75- ALL KINGS (IRE) NR Bob Buckler
224/3pp-p ALWAYS ON THE BALL (FR) NR Chloe Boxall
*884/57p- BLACKFYRE (IRE) NR Dean Jones
/p7- BUSTERMOVE 0 Stuart Sampson
f5pf3-4 DAWNIE BOY (IRE) NR David Gibbs
2-u FEU DES MALBERAUX (FR) 32 Joe Tickle
4f60- FIER JAGUEN (FR) NR David Gibbs
FITZ WELL (IRE) NR Harriet Dickin
-6 GRACEFUL ABBIE 12 Robert Jones
/56- KINGS CAVE (IRE) NR Tiffany O’Dwyer
Christopher Barber
/pp-p MINELLA DEVIL (IRE) 0 Lee Glanville
6/22- MONMOUTH HILL 25 Hannah Clarke
u5/55p-p3 STEVAN STEEL (IRE) 30 Janet Ackner
/0/4642-p SUZIE STAPLES 20? Stuart Sampson
*0p-pu SWEET FAB’S 0 Paul Williams
4p/fu4p4- TANGO DU ROY (IRE) 0 Ian Prichard
TO BE SURE NR Keith Cumings
WELL FIN (IRE) NR Ryan Potter

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Suggestions in the final race of the day which is the Open Maiden and looks wide open, are ex NH All Kings, Stevan Steel ran an eight length third at Wadebridge behind Mustmeetforapint, and ex Irish Dawnie Boy for trainer David Gibbs could improve on his fourth place in Ireland in October.

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